If you’re like me and most of the other people on the planet your NYE reality often falls short of your expectations. Right before the holiday season I often imagine all the fabulous party dresses that I’ll wear through the holiday season especially for NYE. To be perfectly honest a lot of this imagination has been fueled by lifestyle sites and advertisers; usually my vision features me throwing glitter into the air, wearing a sequined dress and laughing haughtily with my husband as we ring in the new year, like this Old Navy holiday party outfit guide. In reality none of my NYE celebrations have in any way resembled the “ideal” celebration, instead most of my plans have been spontaneous and last minute; definitely no balloons or glitter involved. As a result of creating plans on the day of or a few days before, the sequined dress is never an option, hence my NYE outfit ideas are constrained to what I already have in my wardrobe.
Additionally to never meeting expectations, NYE brings this additional pressure to dressing, such that I find being limited to my closet utterly overwhelming. The NYE outfit just can’t be anything you’d wear every day. I mean you can’t even wear your regular pajamas if you are staying at home, you have to don special pajamas. Even your makeup requires just enough fabulousness that it’s completely outside your makeup application abilities and resources. To get that glamourous look, not only do you have to make that last minute trip to Sephora but you have to spend time watching YouTube videos that will likely lead you to NOT that glamourous look. So yeah you can say that I’m a little fed up of all these high expectations.
Even though 2016 has been the year we love to hate; this is the year I refuse to give in to NYE’s delusions of grandeur. This year I’m embracing my reality of what welcoming the New Year will be for me this year and probably for the next years come, a casual get-together with some friends and my hubby. With that I’m also accepting the sequined dress in my vision will be replaced by something less sparkly. However, less sparkly doesn’t have to mean less fun! Accessories can bring energy to an otherwise low-key outfit, which works for me since I generally build my looks around statement jewelry. Also, an accessory like a cute baseball cap can save you some primping time, after all who really looks forward to styling their hair. So if you are in disarray of what to wear on your NYE night out that doesn’t involve throwing glitter, all you need are your basics with some dope jewelry or purse. My favorite basics are styled below with my go-to accessories.
Layering necklaces add just the right amount of oomph to a simple white t-shirt tucked into black jeans. The golden clutch always make me feel like I’m carrying jewelry.
To me, pairing a graphic tee with any bottom automatically dresses down an outfit no matter how formal a bottom might be.